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  • BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

    Does anyone have any kind of info. on the bowl mor pinsetter and ball lifts ? Pictures,manuals,expierence or the where abouts of a bowl mor equipped center.Would really appreciate your input on this one.
    Macgyver

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    Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

    Hi Macgyver,
    Its almost a week later and you have not received one reply ? Thats very unusual for this forum. I am a new member but have been visiting for a while now and I can't believe nobody out there has replied. When I was in the army an alley close to post had a bowl mor equipped house but judging by your sig. and profile I think that might be where you are ??bowl mor
    JR

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      Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

      Yes, I think your right it is probably the same house, however the bowl mor pinsetters are long gone. I dont't believe with over 1100 members there is no one out there that knows something about bowl mor equipment but they are Quite RARE ! I do agree that it is very unusual on this forum to not get a few replies. I am going to sit back and wait for a while. Thanks for your replie and WELCOME
      to BOWL TECH.
      Macgyver

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      • #4
        Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

        Hey Macgyver
        Are you talking about the old duckpin machines???
        Years ago 2 of our centers had ducks and I think they were bowl-mors.
        But they are now long gone.
        I think Sherman made a better duckpin machine and pretty much took over the market.
        The state of Maryland is still big on duckpins so if that is the machine you are looking for try contacting someone up there.
        I went to school 2 months ago in Baltimore and found a 40 lane center near the hotel with synthetic lanes but it was all ducks.
        I'm sorry but they were shermans.
        Graham

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        • #5
          Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

          that was glen burnie bowl. the only duckpin house in the bpaa. my question would also be are yu referring to ducks?? the duck pin machine which is best described as "the great tea cup ride" im familiar with. sweep sweeps from the side.

          there is a center that has what looks like an AMF style duck machine...is that the bowl-mor??

          if your referring to a ten pin machine....i heard rumors there was once a machine which instead of a carpet or shaker it had a big spinning disc to transport pins to the pin wheel. does that sound familiar??

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          • #6
            Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

            I spent a half hour once watching a candlepin machine that had "a big spinning wheel" to take the pins and balls out of the pit area. Facinating machine, in a busy 30 lane house (1500 league bowlers!) the owner said he only had two or three machine stops total a week in total ! Of course the fact that you can set a candlepin up either way eliminating one "sort" was a help. Nicely designed machine though. Steel pin decks with a 1/4" drop because of the "deadwood in play" rule.

            later,
            Carl

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            • #7
              Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

              Hi Guys,
              The bowl-mor machines that I am talking about are ten pin machines but it is is my understanding that they are known best for the duck pin machines back east.
              Thanks anyway!
              Macgyver

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              • #8
                Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

                I saw one once..
                There was a little 4 lane center that had them..
                They had a rotating disk in the pit that would pull the ball through a opening cut in the cushion into a vertical ball lift.
                The disk also pulled the pins to the back where a conveyer made out of 2 chains and pin hooks would take it up to a wooden turret.
                Had deck shoots like a brunswick but werent mounted on the deck,was stationary.
                Sweep was on a track and was chain driven(think the GS machine uses the same system)
                Boy did they run like crap!

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                • #9
                  Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

                  well, about 25 years ago there was a house in our area that was called the bowl mor. all i know about it is that it was a ten pin center 10 lanes i think. I was too young to even remember what the machines looked like.the center burned to the ground and it was never replaced. i can ask a few questions around here tho and see if there is any knowledge of them. laze [img]/content/btubb/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif[/img]

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                  • #10
                    Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

                    I know a couple people who do know something about bowl mor machines. My father built a center in 1959 and had them for a year, maybe two. It was eight lanes at the time and they had two mechanics working on them just to keep them running. He told the company to pick them up NOW or they will be in the parking lot later. Miles of bicycle chain were involved. Not a moment of bowling history he likes to think about! I was too young at the time to remember the machines, but will see if I can get any info for you.

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                    • #11
                      Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

                      i asked the former mech of harford lanes '57-'67 during our 30's era. Now AMF's top dog for 3 48Lane 30 centers in the balt/wash area. he acted like he saw the bowl-mor yesterday. so you're not nuts Mac..it did exist...i was worried about ya. our convers was cut short...ill get ya some details next time i see him.

                      his memorable quote was "that was almost back during semi automatic days!"

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                      • #12
                        Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

                        just wanted to add...the 3 48 lane centers are the former fair lanes...which were the former: Johnny Unitas (Colt) Lanes

                        a little balt bowlin history for ya.

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                        • #13
                          Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

                          I asked around and the only Bowl Mor tenpin machines that might be still working are somewhere near Saratoga Springs NY. Bowl Mor candlepin machines are easier. I work on 8 lanes of them and 24 lanes of Brunswick A2's With 32 lanes of brand new Qubica scoring. I can snail mail some VHS video to the webmaster if anyone is interested.

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                            Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

                            I am told that the former Bowl-Mor company was bought by Otis Elevator when candlepin bowling began to decline sharply. Candlepin centers that still exist must now have replacement parts manufactured at a machine shop, as Otis does not make them any more, nor does AMF. AMF (again, just heresey) made parts for Bowl-Mor style candlepin machines until 1997.

                            Perhaps this is all a load of crap, but if not I hope it helps.

                            If you go to some search engine and type in "Candlepin Bowling" you should get some candlepin centers' web sites. From there, I figure you can call or email them to find out more about Bowl-Mor.

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                              Re: BOWL MOR pinsetter and ball lifts ??

                              Quote:]Originally posted by mr.badwrench:
                              I can snail mail some VHS video to the webmaster if anyone is interested.[/QUOTE]
                              you can snail mail me some candlepin tapes directly to me if ya dont mind.

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